UMTRI's Biosciences Group conducts research on the biomechanics of motor vehicle occupants as it relates to occupant injuries, crash protection, and occupant accommodation. Biosciences researchers use state-of-the-art laboratory testing facilities, three-dimensional computer modeling, and data analysis techniques to conduct a wide range of research. The scope of Biosciences work encompasses three main areas:
- Impact biomechanics, involving lab work with human surrogates to study the response of the human body to dynamic loading
- Crash analysis and investigation to identify the mechanisms involved in motor-vehicle injury and assess the performance of occupant protection systems
- Engineering anthropometry and vehicle ergonomics, involving testing with volunteer subjects to characterize their seated posture, ingress/egress, and external anthropometry (body measurement)
Featured PublicationsSEE ALL Biosciences PUBLICATIONS
Matthew P. Reed, Sheila M. Ebert-Hamilton, Kathleen D. Klinich, Miriam A. Manary, Jonathan D. Rupp.
journal article Accident analysis and prevention. Vol. 50 (Jan. 2013), p. 512-522.
A laboratory study was conducted to quantify the effects of belt-positioning boosters on lap and...
Jonathan D. Rupp, Carol A.C. Flannagan, Andrew J. Leslie, Carrie N. Hoff, Matthew P. Reed, Rebecca M. Cunningham.
journal article Obesity. Vol. 21, no. 1 (Jan. 2013), p. E88-E97.
Objective: Determine the effects of BMI on the risk of serious-to-fatal injury (Abbreviated Injury...
Kathleen D. Klinich, Miriam A. Manary, Carol A. C. Flannagan, Sheila M. Ebert-Hamilton, L. Malik, Paul A. Green, Matthew P. Reed
journal article Applied Ergonomics
This study examined how child restraint system (CRS) features contribute to CRS installation errors...